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Title:
Henry and Hala build a Haiku

Poetry builders

Poetry builders.
Title:
Henry and Hala build a Haiku
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Publisher Info:
Chicago, IL : Norwood House Press, 2011.
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32 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
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Poetry builders

Poetry builders.
Abstract:
"While on a family camping trip, Hala teaches her friend Henry how to write Haiku, an ancient form of Japanese poetry. Includes creative writing exercises to assist the reader in writing haiku"--Provided by publisher.
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"While on a family camping trip Hala teaches her friend Henry how to write Haiku, an ancient form of Japanese poetry. This series can get young writers writing their own poems! Join in on the adventure as friends learn the basics of writing poetry and the use of rhyme, meter, alliteration, and other tools to write their own poems. Each book in the series covers a different type of poem. From limericks to acrostics, you can follow the story that shows the steps needed to create your new poem. Activities in the back of the book provide additional information and writing practice."


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-These titles use stories to explain how to create different poetic forms. Each book opens with a letter from one of the characters, providing background information about the particular form. For example, in his missive in Nonsense Poem, Nolan writes that he thought that poetry had to be serious, but that Nina showed him how "You play with words and sounds. You play with word meanings." The bulk of the books consists of a fictional story in which a cast of multicultural characters write and share poems. Unfortunately, the stories lack suspense and will not capture readers' interest, and the format isn't successful at imparting the information. Titles end with a spread that gives students instructions for crafting their own work. Each book has a different illustrator, and the quality and style of the art varies. On the plus side, the series includes some types of poetry-sonnets and nonsense and prose poems- that are not often covered in similar guides, especially in individual volumes. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.